How much we take from the Skins game today is a bit unclear. What’s most important is that they won a very hard fought game against a team with a very good defense – at least based on past performance – and an offense that has the potential to be better than last year. One game does not give a good indication of how a team will play over an entire season, but there were plenty of encouraging signs. Here were a few things that I was impressed with:
- Jason Campbell through a bad interception at the beginning of the game (and two overall), came back to make some big completions in a very tight game.
- It was refreshing to see the Skins throw the ball down the field, which will continue to make things easier for the running game, and vice versa. How nice it is to have a QB who can actually throw it further than 7 yards.
Samuels played very well considering that he did not play during the pre-season. He and Kendall look like they are going to prove to be a great combination on the left side of the line.
- Stephon Heyer continues to prove critics wrong. Called in to play due to Jansen’s possible season-ending injury and switching back to his natural RT position, the UFA played a great game. While it has been pointed out that some (unnamed) scouts believe that he is not yet ready for the NFL, in a game in which the final score counted, he played well enough not to stand out. If you have watched enough football and/or played it you know that an offensive lineman normally only stands out when they give up a negative play.
- It appears that Clinton did not need to play in the pre-season after all! And with him and Betts combining for over 140 yards rushing that production will only make Campbell’s job throwing the ball that much easier.
- And while the defense gave up a little more yards then they would have probably liked, given that they were put in some short-field situations, they actually continued the type of play that they have demonstrated during the pre-season. They gave up some yards in the passing game, but were able to hold the Dolphins to 13 points.
Moss, and many of his colleagues in the NFL, dropped way too many passes today. (It was amazing to see the number of dropped passes today. At times it was as if we were watching the first pre-season game.) The biggest drop was by the Smoot-mobile, who had nothing but open field in front of him near the end of regulation. Thankfully that drop did not come back to cost the team. Speaking of Smoot, while he had a fairly good overall game, I’m sure others were surprised that he started over Springs. Correct me if I am wrong, but Springs was clearly the starter following pre-season, but was only brought into the game during nickel situations???? What was this about?